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Dildos and Butt Plugs, Made in L.A.: Local Sex Toy Empire Doc Johnson Turns 40 (NSFW)


Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerThe Bravermans are extremely proud of keeping their manufacturing local. “BUILT IN AMERICA SINCE 1976Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Bravermans are extremely proud of keeping their manufacturing local. “BUILT IN AMERICA SINCE 1976Credit: Gustavo Turneralmost universally HispanicCredit: Gustavo Turner” says Chad Braverman).; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerDozens of dildos; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerChad BravermanCredit: Gustavo Turneris the designated heir to the sexual devices empire built by his fatherCredit: Gustavo Turneris the designated heir to the sexual devices empire built by his fatherCredit: Gustavo Turnerand the Bravermans hope to be seen as a good L.A.-area business that helps create stable employment.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerNot your typical factory line; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerDoc Johnson employs a full-time sculptorCredit: Gustavo TurnerBelladonna’s mouth or Mr. Marcus’ big black cock.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerOne of the Doc Johnson factory's casts; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerThe company’s conference room is also a showroom of its diverse line of products for all tastes.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerGo beyond Doc Johnson's most popular item (the inexpensive 8-inch Classic DongCredit: Gustavo Turnerpatriotic customers in jet-black Gun Metal plastic)Credit: Gustavo TurnerPlatinum (for fans of Apple products) and Black Rose (for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey).; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerButt plugs.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerButt plugs; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerButt plugs.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerTime to make the butt plugs; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerFilling the inside of butt plugs with softer plastic; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerHere's where some very nice ladies dip the realistic dildo heads pink. They paint the blue veins on.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerA pile of dongs; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerHere's where some very nice ladies paint the blue veins on.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerHere's where some very nice ladies dip the realistic dildo heads pinkCredit: Gustavo TurnerHere's where some very nice ladies dip the realistic dildo heads pinkCredit: Gustavo TurnerHere's where some very nice ladies dip the realistic dildo heads pinkCredit: Gustavo TurnerBelladonna’s mouth or Mr. Marcus’ big black cock.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo TurnerThere’s also a fully functional chemical lab led by scientific director Timothy K. CrawfordCredit: Gustavo TurnerThere’s also a fully functional chemical lab led by scientific director Timothy K. CrawfordCredit: Gustavo TurnerThere’s also a fully functional chemical lab led by scientific director Timothy K. CrawfordCredit: Gustavo TurnerThere’s also a fully functional chemical lab led by scientific director Timothy K. CrawfordCredit: Gustavo TurnerThere’s also a fully functional chemical lab led by scientific director Timothy K. CrawfordCredit: Gustavo TurnerErica BravermanCredit: Gustavo Turnerstylish woman in her late 20s who serves as the company’s marketing coordinator. Many of the employees at the offices are womenCredit: Gustavo Turnerstylish woman in her late 20s who serves as the company’s marketing coordinator. Many of the employees at the offices are womenCredit: Gustavo Turnerthe book offered an array of Doc Johnson devices such as the Night FingerCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turner” a hipCredit: Gustavo Turnerredesigned for the Miami Vice era; Credit: Gustavo TurnerCredit: Gustavo Turner
L.A. Weekly visited the Doc Johnson factory in North Hollywood, the center of the “pleasure products” (aka sex toys) empire started by local adult industry legend Ron Braverman in 1976. His children, Chad and Erica, are bringing the company into the current area of slick, smooth, Apple-inspired dildos, dongs, plugs, vibrators and even more exotic forms (such as the soon-to-be-launched Tryst). See their massive factory, where the Bravermans employ around 500 people who design, cast and manufacture a great percentage of devices for sexual play that curious people use in bedrooms (and elsewhere) all over America and the world. L.A. Weekly takes you to a factory like you've never seen before, hidden in a nondescript industrial area of the Valley you've probably driven right by many times — the Doc Johnson factory. All photos by Gustavo Turner. (Instagram: @gustavoturner)